Series: Grayson Vol. 1
Published by DC Comics on June 9th 2015
Genres: Comic, Graphic Novel
Dick Grayson. Former Sidekick. Former Superhero. Former dead man. Agent of Spyral?! A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson's life begins here. A super-spy espionage thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: you might think you know Nightwing--but you don't know Dick.Amazon •
Collects GRAYSON #1-4, GRAYSON ANNUAL #1 and a story from SECRET ORIGINS #8.
Mature-Content Rating: Language, Violence, Sexual Content
“Son. Acrobat. The Flying Grayson. Dick. Sidekick. Sensation. The Boy Wonder. Robin. Hero. Protector. The Dark Heir. Nightwing. Prisoner. Casualty. The Unmasked Martyr. Dead. Agent. Mole. The Spy Reborn. Grayson.”
This takes place after Forever Evil, so if you haven’t already I do suggest you read that before picking up a copy of Grayson.
That out of the way, we have a very witty and lighthearted Dick Grayson working for a spy organization named Spiral. He’s now known as Agent 37 where he works with the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli, not Wayne). They do make quite a team; Dick being a clown and Helena acting like she has to put up with a brat.
Spyral hasn’t really revealed much of itself except that they’re looking for mechanical organs and to unmask all the superheroes. They have tech that may go beyond Batman- including nanobots that obscure the boss’s face and clean up any DNA he leaves behind. Each of the Spyral agents are also given a device in their head that allows them a bit of psychic powers (?), but also a kill word to shut it down. Gotta give props for the tech.
You can say Dick is working as a double agent and is still in contact with Batman (Mr. Malone…*snickers*) under the name Birdwatcher. How many names is he going to go through, anyway? But the connection with Batman is vital to this comic. Dick is mostly lighthearted but when he’s talking to Batman we suddenly see that he is affected by his “death” and undercover mission and by the fact that the rest of his family still thinks he’s dead.
Then there’s the art. Wow. How do you follow the action of someone jumping off a train, flipping aerobics in the air, and catching the guy he threw out the window in just a few short panels? Well, Mikel Janin managed that and more. I love the various expressions on Dick’s face throughout the comic, and all the movements just look so fluid and beautiful!
Overall, Grayson Vol.1: Agents of Spyral is a great start to a promising addition to the DC world. I’m looking forward to the next volume!